But our Lord would die with every faculty clear, and in full sensibility to all His sufferings. How striking are these small niceties! "There laid they Jesus therefore, because of the Jew's preparation day, for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." 26, 27. No doubt this added an unknown sting to the reproach. Our Lord Jesus came forth, willing to be exposed to their scorn. 37. given thee from above--that is, "Thou thinkest too much of thy power, Pilate: against Me that power is none, save what is meted out to thee by special divine appointment, for a special end." Not only was he reluctant to surrender to mere clamor an innocent man, but a feeling of anxiety about His mysterious claims, as is plain from what follows, was beginning to rack his breast, and the object of his exclamation seems to have been to move their pity. 35. . 39. also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night--"This remark corresponds to the secrecy of Joseph's discipleship, just noticed, and calls attention to the similarity of their previous character and conduct, and the remarkable change which had now taken place" [WEBSTER and WILKINSON]. (See Mark 15:15 ). But that is not the point now. "And the soldiers led Him away into the palace, and they call the whole band" ( Mark 15:16 )--the body of the military cohort stationed there--to take part in the mock coronation now to be enacted. hath the greater sin--as having better opportunities and more knowledge of such matters. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury--the mixed and pulverized myrrh and aloes shaken into the folds, and the entire body, thus swathed, wrapt in an outer covering of "clean linen cloth" ( Matthew 27:59 ). CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH OF THE LORD JESUS. . And it is very remarkable that now while it was receiving its real fulfilment, it should be made more public and more impressive by the insulting proclamation of His enemies. in the Hebrew, Gabbatha--from its being raised. But in this, as in many other of their doings, "the scripture was fulfilled, which saith ( Isaiah 53:12 ), And he was numbered with the transgressors"--( Mark 15:28 )--though the prediction reaches deeper. The word in Zechariah means to thrust through with spear, javelin, sword, or any such weapon. All Rights Reserved. 2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! have no power at all against me--neither to crucify nor to release, nor to do anything whatever against Me [BENGEL]. But even if one could conceive them mistaken, could anyone have lain thus enveloped for the period during which He was in the grave, and life still remained? His soul has emerged from its mysterious horrors; "My God" is heard no more, but in unclouded light He yields sublime into His Father's hands the infinitely precious spirit--using here also the words of those matchless Psalms ( Psalms 31:5 ) which were ever on His lips. besought Pilate that their legs might be broken--to hasten their death, which was done in such cases with clubs. 28-30. John Darby commentary for John 19. Marvellous it certainly is, that one who while Jesus was yet alive merely refrained from condemning Him, not having the courage to espouse His cause by one positive act, should, now that He was dead, and His cause apparently dead with Him, summon up courage to go in personally to the Roman governor and ask permission to take down and inter the body. except it were--"unless it had been." And he bearing his went forth--Compare Hebrews 13:11-13, "without the camp"; "without the gate." When Pilate . 17. and they put on him a purple robe--in mockery of the imperial purple; first "stripping him" ( Matthew 27:28 ) of His own outer garment. Pilate capitulated under pressure (verse 12), and prepared to render judgment on the original charge of sedition against Rome. "It is evident that our Lord's saying, or rather this perversion of it (for He claimed not to destroy, but to rebuild the temple destroyed by them) had greatly exasperated the feeling which the priests and Pharisees had contrived to excite against Him. Joseph of Arimathea--"a rich man" ( Matthew 27:57 ), thus fulfilling Isaiah 53:9 ; "an honorable counsellor," a member of the Sanhedrim, and of good condition, "which also waited for the kingdom of God" ( Mark 15:43 ), a devout expectant of Messiah's kingdom; "a good man and a just, the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them" ( Luke 23:50 Luke 23:51 --he had gone the length, perhaps, of dissenting and protesting in open council against the condemnation of our Lord); "who also himself was Jesus' disciple," ( Matthew 27:57 ).

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